Woodford Green widow raises more than £4,000 for charity
PUBLISHED: 16:42 02 October 2018
More than 100 walkers in bright pink T-shirts descended on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in memory of a Woodford Green husband and father who died from a brain tumour.
The David Hetherington Memorial Walk of Hope saw friends, family members and colleagues embark on a three-mile route around the Straford park to raise money for research into the disease.
The event was led by Power of David (PoD), a group set up under the umbrella of the Brain Tumour Research charity, to help fund the fight against the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.
David was diagnosed with a low-grade oligoastrocytoma brain tumour when his wife, Shaz, was 31 weeks pregnant with their first child. Over time, his tumour changed to a grade four glioblastoma – a highly aggressive form of the disease – and he underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy.
Sadly the treatment was unsuccessful and he died in November 2016, leaving Shaz and their children Layla and Daniel, who were aged four and two.
In his memory, Shaz has gone on to raise more than £25,000 for Brain Tumour Research and founded PoD to continue David’s legacy.
She said: “I’m delighted that the Walk of Hope was such a success and that so many people turned out to help us fundraise.
“Many of us are inspired by David’s memory but we are also walking in honour of the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer daily from this disease. We can’t sit back and let this situation continue.”
Janice Wright, community fundraising manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “It was incredible to see so many people turn out for the Walk of Hope.
“Seeing over 100 people in their bright pink Brain Tumour Research T-shirts highlighted that there is strength in numbers, and together we can help bring an end to this devastating disease.
“We are extremely grateful for everyone who joined in the event and hope that their efforts will inspire others to fundraise.
The money raised will help us to fund dedicated UK Centres of Excellence where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.” To donate to Power of David go justgiving.com/fundraising/power-of-david
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